C. J. Walker

Name: C. J. Walker

Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2011

Material: Hard plastic

Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back)

Height: 10 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black wig in a pinned up, early 1900s style/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips

Clothes: As described by the manufacturer, the doll wears “a two-piece suit cut from fine wool gabardine featuring a side lapel collar trimmed with lavender… Beneath her jacket, she wears a fashionable georgette top with ruffle collar and lavender satin trimming the waist and hem… [She wears] a wide brim violet gabardine hat accented with bright green and black feathers at the crown.  Her refined look is finished with clear crystal and green bead drop earrings; a gold tone and green bead double strand necklace; and a long gold tone bead necklace.”

Other: Coquette Cissy is presented as C. J. Walker who was born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867. Madam C. J. Walker was one of the first female American millionaires. Her wealth and status are attributed to the development and sales of hair care products for African American women designed to promote hair health, growth, and manageability. A woman with a strong work ethic, Walker died on May 25, 1919.

If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work. –Madam C. J. Walker


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